Myriam Nicole’s love affair with mountain biking has never wavered, ever since she got the bug for riding from her three older brothers at the age of four. Excelling at downhill, her natural talent was spotted by the well-known French manager Sébastien Chavet in her mid-teens. Chavet moulded his protégé into a highly technical rider who competes regularly with the world’s downhill elite.
After a few years in the junior ranks, at 19 years old Myriam joined the elite. Her first year here proved eventful – with a 4th-place finish in the World Championship Myriam was on track for great success, but a racing accident in Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada resulted in a broken collarbone and a premature end to her inaugural senior season. In 2010, Myriam joined the Commencal Team and finished 5th in the World Cup overall ranking.
2011 was a standout year for Myriam, with a 4th-place overall finish in the World Cup, including her biggest achievement to date – a World Cup round win in Val di Sole. On form and flying, Myriam also had the ride of her life at the 2011 World Championships, having garnered a 10-second lead ahead of the best runners on split times. But a fall with the finish line in sight put pay to her chances of winning the coveted Rainbow Jersey.
After another successful year in 2012 with a 3rd overall in the World Cup, Myriam became recognised as the most consistent riders on the women's downhill circuit, alongside Brit Rachel Atherton. And although another World Cup win eluded her in 2012 and 2013, she was a regular figure on the podium. In 2014, she'd enjoyed three World Cup podiums in Cairns, Fort William and Leogang, and grabbed another national downhill title in her home country of France.
The following season, Myriam had a strong start with a 3rd-place finish at Lourdes and victory at the European Downhill Cup at Les Deux Alpes. But a crash at the Fort William BDS resulted in another broken collarbone injury that kept her off the racetrack mid-season. Never one to hold back, as soon as she was back in the saddle, Myriam was rarely off the podium for the rest of the World Cup season.
Her 2015 campaign started in a similar manner, with a 3rd-place finish at the opener in Lourdes, France. Another couple of podium finishes – at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada and Val di Sole, Italy – saw her to a 6th-place overall finish.
Off the bike, Myriam is working hard on improving her fitness and strength for the challenges to come. She’s also knee-deep in books, studying to become a physiotherapist.